Gold In The Midwest—Part II: Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio
January 2020 by Alex Dolbeare
In this article, I am going to take a look at three Midwest states and go through some of the prime places for prospectors to find nice local gold there.
As I write this, I am still on a rush from taking my 9-year-old son, Jeffrey, prospecting for the first time this past weekend. It’s not that he hasn’t been along on numerous outings before: this is the first time that just the two of us went out for a day of drywashing and detecting under the desert sun.
During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.
Unfortunately, not all the gold that we prospectors find is pretty, or appealing to the eyes. They are not all nice, bright, shiny nuggets with lots of character that carry high collector value.
One prime example is an area that I have talked about in many of my articles. This is a very large area and I will actually describe its location again.
Depth is not an issue unless the site is thoroughly cleaned of shallow trash, and it is far easier to isolate and remove targets using a small coil in a target rich location.
The right ground balance setting for the conditions you are working is critical. If your detector isn’t set properly, you will lose depth of detection, sometimes to an extreme degree.
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